Roehampton Readers – New Members Welcome

The University of Roehampton’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway award shadowing group is welcoming new members.  More information about our group is included below. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, get in touch via the contact form.

About Us:

Roehampton Readers is part of The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Shadowing Scheme in which readers in schools, libraries and other reading environment form book groups to read and discuss the titles shortlisted for the book awards.

Our group has been around for several years now, and consists of current, past and potential MA students as well as ex staff members and PhD students. We are most active during the awards season, but we also meet in the Autumn and Winter on a monthly basis and have chosen to re-visit previous award winners.

Meeting weekly once the shortlist for the awards has been announced, the group discusses one title from each shortlist, with a different group member each week leading the discussion on the chosen titles. Discussion is often wide ranging, covering past winners and children’s literature themes and theory in general, but it is always informed by the criteria used by the judges when selecting the winners. Reviews of the shortlisted Carnegie titles are posted on the Awards shadowing site.

We meet from 5.30-7.00pm in the Fincham building on Digby Stuart campus, and also have an active Whatsapp discussion group for those who cannot attend meetings. Our next meeting is on March 11th and, anticipating this year’s awards round, we are reading La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman and An Anty-War Story by Tony Ross.

Roehampton Readers
Roehampton Readers standing on the bridge at Harry Potter Studios.

The group also aims to arrange a summer and a winter visit. Past visits have included The Manor at Hemmingford Grey, Osborne House at Christmas, The Foundlings Museum and The Charles Dickens Museum and recently Harry Potter Studios tour.

Roehampton Readers look forward to welcoming you to the group!

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